OptAgent: A Generalized Framework for the Optimization and Analysis of Agent-based Models

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number: A072-070-0029
Amount: $119,957.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: A07-070
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
OPTTEK SYSTEMS, INC.
1919 Seventh Street, Boulder, CO, 80302
Duns: 128005423
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fred Glover
 Chief Technology Officer
 (303) 447-3255
 glover@opttek.com
Business Contact
 Jay April
Title: Chief Development Officer
Phone: (303) 447-3255
Email: april@opttek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project seeks to create OptAgent, an integrated software environment built on the existing foundation of OptQuest®, a metaheuristic-based optimization engine, to provide a generalized framework for the analysis and optimization of agent-based models by combining optimization algorithms, agent-based simulation, and distributed processing. The proposed research will develop additions and extensions of the core OptQuest engine to provide a tool tailored specifically to work with agent-based models. The OptAgent software will function in three stages. In the first stage a diverse set of solutions will be created and a Markov blanket-based feature selection methodology will identify the most influential variables. In the second stage the agent-based model optimization search process will be performed. This process will be enhanced by classification and discrimination rules developed from the initial solution set using satisfiability data mining. In the final stage the best combination of agent and environment parameters will be presented along with statistics providing insights into the behavior of the model across the myriad possible combinations of inputs. During Phase I the proposed research areas will be investigated and the most promising paths to implementation identified. Proof of concept software will be developed demonstrating the feasibility of the OptAgent application.

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